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Rabu, 31 Maret 2021

CCTV video of George Floyd's last moments before arrest played in murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin - ABC News

The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been shown footage of George Floyd inside a grocery store just before his death.

A cashier who was one of the last people to speak with Mr Floyd alive last May testified at the trial, saying he regretted accepting the allegedly fake $US20 bill that led to Mr Floyd's deadly arrest.

Christopher Martin said Mr Floyd made friendly conversation and seemed to be under the influence of drugs.

"If I would've just not [taken] the bill, this could've been avoided," Mr Martin, 19, lamented at Mr Chauvin's murder trial, joining the burgeoning list of onlookers who expressed a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt over Mr Floyd's slow death last May.

Mr Chauvin, who is white, was fired by the city's police department the day after he was captured on video with his knee on the neck of Mr Floyd, a black man in handcuffs.

A courtroom sketch of a balding, middle-aged white man in a blue suit with serious expression.
Derek Chauvin, 45, faces four decades in jail if convicted.(

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He has pled not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of murder.

A central dispute in the case is his lawyers' contention that Mr Floyd's death, which was ruled a homicide, was instead a drug overdose.

Several other eyewitnesses, one a child of nine, have spent the last two days describing to the jury the shock of watching Mr Floyd struggle beneath Mr Chauvin's knee as bystanders screamed at police that Mr Floyd was falling unconscious.

Video footage of the arrest on May 25, 2020, sparked global protests decrying police brutality against black people.

CCTV showed Floyd filled with energy

A black man in court talking, wearing a black jacket and grey hoodie with short hair.
Christopher Martin said Mr Floyd seemed to be under the influence of drugs.(

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Mr Martin, a cashier at the Cup Foods grocery store in Minneapolis, accepted the $US20 bill that triggered everything that followed.

He considered letting Cup Foods just dock it from his wage, but ended up telling his manager.

A few minutes later police were outside arresting Mr Floyd on suspicion of passing a counterfeit.

Silent security camera video played for the jury shows Mr Floyd, dressed in a black singlet, approaching the counter with a banana in hand, smiling and making cheerful conversation and putting his arm around a woman.

He appears to be filled with energy and constantly in motion, at one point almost dancing on the spot, shifting his weight from one foot to the other.

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Mr Martin told the jury he made conversation with Mr Floyd, asking him if he played baseball.

Mr Floyd seemed to take time to find his words but replied that he played football, Martin said.

"But he did seem high."

Although the county medical examiner ruled Mr Floyd's death a homicide resulting from the police restraint, fentanyl and methamphetamine was found in Floyd's blood at autopsy and Mr Chauvin's lawyers argue the death was really a drug overdose.

Mr Martin sold Mr Floyd a pack of cigarettes.

He told the jury he thought the bill was counterfeit and decided to tell his manager, who told Mr Martin to go and confront Mr Floyd, who had got back into a car outside with two other passengers.

Mr Floyd was "just kind of shaking his head and putting his hands in the air, like, 'Why is this happening to me?'" Mr Martin said.

Mr Martin's manager told a coworker to call the police after Mr Floyd and the other passengers refused to come back inside the store.

Mr Martin later said he was upset to see Mr Chauvin on top of Mr Floyd, and went up to another black man on the sidewalk.

"They're not going to help us, this is what we deal with," he recalled telling the other bystander, referring to police.

Mr Martin said he felt guilty.

"I thought if I would not have taken the bill this would have been avoided," he said.

Off-duty paramedic was 'desperate' to check Floyd's pulse

A woman in court wearing her uniform wiping her eyes.
Genevieve Hansen was near the scene of the arrest.

Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty firefighter and paramedic who was near the scene of the arrest, can be heard on the video screaming at the police to check Mr Floyd's pulse.

"I pled and was desperate," she testified on Tuesday, dressed in her Minneapolis Fire Department uniform.

A water bottle shook in her hand as she sipped it to calm her tears.

"It's what I would have done for anybody," she said.

She said another officer at the scene told her: "If you really are a Minneapolis firefighter, you would know better than to get involved."

Mr Nelson asked her if she showed the police her firefighter identification. She said no.

Prosecutor Matthew Frank then asked her if she even had her identification with her. She said she did not, because she was off duty.

The trial continues.

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